Friday, January 06, 2012

Senate, general polls around corner

ISLAMABAD - The PPP has again vowed defiance on the issue of writing to Swiss authorities  as ordered by the Supreme Court – saying that President Asif Zardari enjoys constitutional immunity. However, it has been decided that PPP-led government will hold early Senate and general ...

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  • ISLAMABAD - The PPP has again vowed defiance on the issue of writing to Swiss authorities  as ordered by the Supreme Court – saying that President Asif Zardari enjoys constitutional ...

  • PESHAWAR - The banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed on Thursday to have killed 15 Frontier Constabulary personnel, who were kidnapped from Mullazai Fort in Tank on Dec 23, to avenge the killing ...

  • ISLAMABAD -The divergence of opinion at treasury benches over initiating the debate on creation of new provinces on Thursday led to walkout of ANP from the National Assembly, while MQM after locking ...

  • BEIJING  – Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao met with Pakistani Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani on Thursday, vowing to support closer military exchanges between the two ...

  • ISLAMABAD - Water and Power Ministry has formally sought 15-20 per cent increase in electricity price from National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra) in a desperate bid to fetch multi ...

  • ISLAMABAD – Hearing Zulfikar Ali Bhutto reference case on Thursday, the Supreme Court issued notice to the federation’s counsel and PPP leader Babar Awan, asking him as to why his licence ...

  • WASHINGTON  - President Barack Obama unveiled a strategy on Thursday for a leaner US military focused on countering China’s rising power while signalling a shift away from large ground ...

  • Peshawar - Taliban on Thursday released 17 students after over three months of captivity who mistakenly crossed the border from the country’s northwest into Afghanistan, officials said.More ...

  • ISLAMABAD – US Ambassador Cameron Munter Thursday said his country respects the assessment that Pakistani Parliamentary Committee on National Security is carrying out for new terms of ...

  • WASHINGTON - The United States has refused to give into an Indian govt demand that official US maps show Jammu and Kashmir as part of India, saying the Himalayan State is a disputed territory that ...

  • ISLAMABAD - Minister of Finance Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh on Thursday briefed the Parliamentary Committee on National Security (PCNS) about existing economic situation especially its impact on the ...

  • MIAN DAWOODLAHORE – The PPP-led Federal Government has directed the federation’s law officers not to appear before a Lahore High Court (LHC) full bench set up to hear two constitutional ...

  • QUETTA - Unknown gunmen abducted an employee of the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC) in the provincial capital on Thursday.Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Operations Nazir Kurd ...

  • ISLAMABAD– PML-N President Nawaz Sharif has said that the Army was not interested in dislodging the government and the establishment was encouraging politicians to join a particular party, a ...

  • KARACHI - Chairman Kashmir Committee and Chief of JUI-F Maulana Fazlur Rehman on Thursday said that holding of premature general elections in the country was not against the Constitution of the ...

  • BAGHDAD - A wave of attacks against Shias killed at least 68 people on Thursday, the worst toll in nearly five months, as Iraq grappled with a weeks-long political row that has stoked sectarian ...

  • PETERBOROUGH, New Hampshire - Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney said Wednesday that diplomacy was like dealing with a child and vowed to find ways to “influence” Pakistan to ...

  • QUETTA - Unidentified people blew up a 16-inch diameter gas pipeline in Pir Koh area of Dera Bugti on Thursday, suspending supply to the gas purification plant in Sui while two security personnel ...

  • QUETTA - PML-N central leader Siddiqul Farooq has suggested general amnesty for disgruntled Balochs to resolve the Balochistan issue.“To address the grievances of Balochistan people, the ...

  • RAWALPINDI - Three men were murdered in a bloody clash occurred at Mareer over old enmity, within the limits of Police Station (PS) Civil Lines here on Thursday.Soon after the incident, the area ...

  • PESHAWAR - Former federal minister and leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Khwaja Muhammad Khan Hoti Thursday warned JUI Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman not to criticise the personal life of his leader ...

  • PESHAWAR - A one-day science exhibition was held here at the College of Home Economics, University of Peshawar, wherein over 40 posters and 45 models were on display in order to show the creativity ...

  • TARBELA GHAZI - Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapter, President Pir Sabir Shah has said the rulers have looted the country, which is confronted with a maze of multifarious ...

  • SWABI - Senior Minister, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Bashir Ahmad Bilour Thursday said the provincial government would make some vital amendments to the local government system, following which the local ...

  • PESHAWAR - Following the recommendations of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government, DG Excise and Taxation reinstated 12 suspended employees of Excise and Taxation on Friday. The suspended employees were ...

  • MULTAN - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Central Leader Makhdoom Javed Hashmi lamented on Thursday that the leaders in national political circuit were more businessmen than politicians who delivered ...

  • MULTAN - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Central Leader Makhdoom Javed Hashmi lamented on Thursday that the leaders in national political circuit were more businessmen than politicians who delivered ...

  • PAKPATTAN - Divisional Commissioner Qazi Mohammad Ashfaq has took serious notice of the slow pace of work on the going development projects in Pakpattan district. He was chairing a meeting held at ...

  • KOT ADDU - A Nato oil tanker was snatched by armed men in Sultan Colony here. The oil tanker (615 TLT) was on its way to Kabul from Karach when armed persons got controlled of the tanker near Sultan ...

  • NOORPUR THAL – The parliament is not a rubberstamp and the present democratic government could not be destabilised through hatching conspiracies, as political and democratic system has been ...

  • SIALKOT - The project of establishment of a well-equipped burn unit at the DHQ Hospital Sialkot was in the doldrums, as the Sialkot Finance Department has refused to provide the required funds of ...

  • NANKANA SAHIB – The lethargy of police department is a well-known fact to all and sundry but the department is also not interested in averting this image.According to details, anti-vehicle ...

  • OKARA - In various incidents of theft, robbery and dacoity, local people were deprived of cash, gold ornaments and motorcycles in separate incidents. In the first incident, a resident of Hujra Chawk, ...

  • SADIQABAD - The Makazi Anjuman Miladun Nabi Committee of district Rahim Yar Khan has announced the schedule for 52nd 12-day annual celebrations of Eid Miladu Nabi (SAW) in the district. The meeting ...

  • DINGA – A 30-year-old motorcyclist was hit to death by a speeding car here on Kharian-Dinga Road near Mauza Chanan in the Dinga Police precincts on Thursday. As per detail, Asjad was on his way ...

  • SADIQABAD - The district police have registered a case against dozens of CNG and transport owners and workers including their association leaders for blocking traffic, delivering instigative speeches ...

  • SAHIWAL - Regional Police Officer Khaliq Dad Lak has stated that the police cannot control the crime without the active support of the people and the dream of a crime-free society can only be ...

  • KOT ADDU - On court orders, the police have registered a case against four gang rape accused after three months of the incident. Huseena married Zahid Husain over two years ago and was divorced after ...

  • MULTAN - The lawyers staged a demonstration against federal and Punjab governments for not fulfilling their promise to establish a lawyer colony in Multan here on Thursday. A large number of black ...

  • NAROWAL - The police succeeded in securing the release of the family of a serviceman who was taken hostage by an armed man after six hours long negotiation here in Bajjar village, situated in the ...

  • TOBA TEK SINGH -A fertilizer dealer of Adda Khikha allegedly involved in selling substandard fertilizer to the farmers was arrested here on Thursday. As per detail, DDO Agriculture Ch Khalid Mahmood ...

  • MULTAN - The Pakistan Cotton Ginners Association (PCGA) has hurled a threat that ginning factories will stop purchasing cotton from January 10 if the government does not start buying cotton through ...

  • TOBA TEK SINGH - A meeting of Jamaat-e-Islami Majlis Shoora will be held on Jan 6. JI District Ameer Maulana Abdul Malik will preside over the meeting. Where new shoora members will also take oath ...

  • TOBA TEK SINGH -The members of District Bar Association (DBA) observed strike for the second consecutive day here against the issuance of notices to DBA President Rana Zafaur Rehman to vacate 403 ...

  • HAVELI LAKHA - A person has demanded that better DSL service should be provided for the consumers here.The complainant said that when PTCL launched the service in Haveli Lakha, the local people hired ...

INTERNATIONAL More

  • PANTUKAN, Philippines - At least 25 people were killed in the southern Philippines on Thursday when a landslide buried gold prospectors who had refused to leave an area declared too dangerous for ...

  • CALIFORNIA - After years of appeals and delays, the last US Marine charged over the 2005 killings of 24 civilians in the Iraqi town of Haditha faces a court martial on Thursday in California. United ...

  • JERICHO - Israeli troops on Thursday demolished four villas near the ancient city of Jericho, which Israel said endangered a nearby archaeological site, sources on both sides said. An AFP ...

  • KANO, Nigeria- Bomb blasts have rocked northeastern Nigerian cities under a state of emergency as an ultimatum from Islamists for Christians living in the area to leave expired, officials said ...

  • ROME - A column of hot ash spewed high into the sky from Italy's Mount Etna on the Mediterranean island of Sicily on Thursday, as Europe's highest active volcano rumbled back to life, officials said. ...

  • PARIS  - French presidential candidate Dominique de Villepin will offer testimony as part of an investigation into illegal campaign financing in the 1995 election, a case which has put President ...

  • BANGALORE - Six members of a right-wing Hindu group have been arrested in India’s southern Karnataka state for raising Pakistan’s national flag on a government building, reported BBC on ...

  • WASHINGTON  - Three US senators John McCain, Joseph Lieberman and Mark Kirk on Thursday demanded of Pakistan to prevent the judicial commission investigating former ambassador Husain Haqqani and ...

  • UNITED NATIONS - Pakistan threw its weight behind a Russian move for a full-scale investigation into the civilian casualties in Libya during NATO’s deadly bombing campaign to help the Libyan ...

  • As Arab revolts began last year, it was inevitable that people would compare them to the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe.And that comparison suggests that the emancipation of Arab societies ...

  • Five years after western governments sought to turn the West Bank into a model of statehood for Palestinians, the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) that runs it is being cast adrift — ...

  • The Taliban’s announcement that they plan to open an office in Qatar and possibly begin peace negotiations deserves a close look and a full draught of skepticism.This is the same group of ...

  • Portents of declining US and Western prestige marked the closing months of 2011. There is of course the ongoing economic crisis, and the inability to respond to it effectively. But another sign was ...

  • The Taliban have announced that they want to open an office in the Gulf region, mentioning Qatar as a possible site. This is obviously controversial since the Taliban are formally at war with ...

  • WASHINGTON - A fight between rival gangs inside a prison in northern Mexico left 31 inmates dead in the latest violence to erupt inside the country's overcrowded jails, local officials said on ...

  • LONDON - A black British lawmaker apologised Thursday for a Twitter comment saying that white people "love playing divide and rule", a day after two men were jailed for the country's most notorious ...

  • BEIJING  - At least 18 people were killed, including one child, after a speeding, overloaded tourist bus veered off an icy highway bridge in southwest China, local authorities said Thursday. The ...

  • CAIRO - A prosecutor in Hosni Mubarak's trial on Thursday demanded the death sentence for him and his former security chief, saying the fallen Egyptian president had ordered the killings of ...

  • KABUL - Afghanistan's interior ministry said on Thursday it would dissolve a security company whose employees were detained in Kabul with 30 unregistered AK-47 assault rifles.The detained suspects, ...

  • KABUL - Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday ordered the transfer of the US military prison at Bagram to Afghan control within a month, citing reports of human rights violations there.Karzai ...

  • MOGADISHU - Fistfights erupted in Somalia's parliament late Wednesday as lawmakers elected a new speaker in a move condemned by the troubled nation's president as "null and void".Several supporters ...

  • SEOUL  - South Korea reached out to rival North Korea on Thursday, nearly three weeks after the death of the North's iron-fisted ruler Kim Jong-il, saying it wanted to reopen dialogue despite ...

SPORTS More

  • SYDNEY - Triple centurion Michael Clarke put team interests ahead of personal glory as Australia moved towards a crushing win over India in the second Test in Sydney on Thursday.Captain Clarke, ...

  • KARACHI  (Agencies) - "Heartbroken" after his controversy-marred stint as skipper last year, flamboyant Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has vowed never to accept the national cricket team's ...

  • PERTH  - France kept alive their hopes for a first victory at the Hopman Cup, advancing to the final after beating Spain 2-0 at the mixed teams tournament in Western Australia on Thursday.The ...

  •   DOHA - Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal kept on course for a meeting in the opening ATP final of the season as both eased into the quarter-finals of the Qatar Open here on Wednesday.Federer, the ...

  • LONDON  - Newcastle sent Manchester United spinning to their second consecutive Premier League defeat on Wednesday to give Manchester City a vital edge in the title race.Goals from Demba Ba, ...

  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Zaka Ashraf Thursday called on Minster for Interior Rehman Malik to discuss security arrangements for the visit of Bangladesh cricket team. It was ...

  • DUBAI (Agencies)- England pace bowler Steven Finn is hoping he can transfer the skills honed during his recent stint in New Zealand into the upcoming Test series against Pakistan.The Middlesex bowler ...

  • ISLAMABAD – Argentine hockey team is likely to Visit Pakistan in March this year, said the ambassador of Argentine to Pakistan Rodolfo J Martin Saravia on Thursday. He expressed confidence over ...

  • LAHORE – Pakistan middle order batsman Umar Akmal says though the chances of scoring century at number six are less yet he would try his best to steer the team to victory with his good ...

  • CAPE TOWN- Sri Lanka were in danger of an innings defeat after losing 12 wickets on the third day of the third and final Test against South Africa at Newlands on Thursday. Sri Lanka were 138 for four ...

  • BRISBANE  - Kim Clijsters avoided following U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur out of the Brisbane International tournament when she beat Iveta Benesova 6-3, 6-2 Thursday to advance to the ...

  • ISLAMABAD - Government College University Faisalabad, Punjab University and Karachi University won their matches on the second day of All Pakistan Inter Varsity Women Netball Champion by beating ...

  • LAHORE – Syed Shahid Ali and Idris Haider Khawaja were elected President and Secretary respective of Punjab Olympic Association for a third successive term at a general council meeting on ...

  • LAHORE - Sialkot, Bannu and Gojra registered wins in the second Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) Inter Academy Hockey Tournament on Thursday at Sialkot Hockey Stadium. Sialkot outclassed Faisalabad ...

  • AUCKLAND- Former world number two Svetlana Kuznetsova cemented her Auckland Classic title credentials with an effortless 6-4, 6-3 victory over Italy's Sara Errani in the quarter-finals Thursday.The ...

  • ISLAMABAD: Federal Amateurs Golf Championship sponsored by Zong will start at Islamabad club on Friday (today) and conclude on Sunday, said Zahid Arbab, Secretary Federal Golf Association (FEGA) in a ...

  • LAHORE - Santiago Mendivil’s superb seven goals guided PICIC Insurance to 8-3 win over PAF Blues in The Bank of Punjab Lahore Open Polo Tournament here at the Lahore Polo Club on Thursday. ...

ENTERTAINMENT More

  • LOS ANGELES  - Actress Demi Moore, who recently ended her six-year marriage to Ashton Kutcher, says her worst fear is finding she is “not worthy of being loved”.In an interview ...

  • R&B star Chris Brown has been banned from participating in interviews by his management team after questions about former girlfriend Rihanna dominated his last album’s promotion. The Kiss ...

  • LOS ANGELES  - Is Barbie cosying up with the Kardashians? Celebrity magazine Us Weekly reported on Wednesday that the world’s most famous doll was getting three high-profile new friends ...

  • LONDON  - Prince William’s wife Catherine has become the patron of a series of British charities as she takes on a greater royal role less than a year after their marriage, officials said ...

  • SYDNEY - A mineral brought back to Earth by the first men on the Moon and long thought to be unique to the lunar surface has been found in Australian rocks more than one billion years old, scientists ...

  • PARIS  - An intrepid boy reporter, a black manservant and his paralysed aristocrat master, and French actors adrift in Hollywood helped make 2011 France’s best box office year in nearly ...

  • U2 stars Bono and The Edge have hailed late theatre producer Tony Adams following the success of their Spider-Man musical.The two musicians began work on Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark after Adams ...

  • PARIS  - Pentagon-supported physicists on Wednesday said they had devised a “time cloak” that briefly makes an event undetectable.The laboratory device manipulates the flow of light ...

  • A Canadian man who forgot his passport managed to cross the border into the US - using a copy he had scanned on to his iPad. Martin Reisch, from Montreal, presented the US border office with his ...

  • WASHINGTON  - Mars and Venus are much further apart than previously thought — and we’re not talking about planets. In research published Wednesday, three European psychologists, ...

  • WASHINGTON - A seven-pronged starfish, a mysterious pale octopus and a new kind of yeti crab are among a teeming community of previously undiscovered life on the sea floor near Antarctica, British ...

  • HANOI  - A man left unable to walk by a tumour on his right leg that weighs more than the rest of his body went under the knife in Vietnam on Thursday to have the growth removed, hospital ...

  • ATLANTA  - The number of twins born in the United States has doubled in the last three decades largely as a result of fertility treatments, with one in 30 infants born in 2009 a twin, the ...

BUSINESS More

  • ISLAMABAD - Terming the economic targets little ambitious, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on Thursday noted that country’s budget deficit and current account deficit could go beyond the ...

  • KARACHI - The Pakistani rupee plunged to fresh historic low against the US dollar on Thursday, dealers said.The dollar recorded strength against the rupee in the interbank market, dealers said. It ...

  • LAHORE – Secretary Irrigation Punjab Irfan Elahi has said that Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved an ADF Soft loan of $270 million for the construction of new Khanki Barrage project as ...

  • KARACHI - The Karachi stock market witnessed panic selling across the board on Thursday on renewed foreign selling, led by blue-chip oil stocks.The KSE 100-index decreased 1.47 percent or 174.09 ...

  • ISLAMABAD - Minister for Industries and Defence Production Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi Thursday directed the concerned officials to further speed up the transportation operations and supply of urea from ...

  • LAHORE – The search for new hydrocarbon reservoirs in the country continued to remain muted in 1HFY12 as only 6 exploratory wells were spudded similar to that of last year, experts said. ...

  • PESHAWAR  - The economic and trade ties between Pakistan and Indonesia have entered into a new phase of development as both the countries have finalized Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) in ...

  • LAHORE -Oxford University Press (OUP), one of the leading publishing houses for school textbooks in Pakistan, is engaged in intensive countrywide efforts to clamp down on book pirates. As a part of ...

  • KARACHI - Joint Action Committee of PIA Employees (JACPIAE) on Thursday requested the management to arrange its meeting with Defence Minister & Chairman PIA before finalising PIA business plan ...

  • ISLAMABAD – Bahria Town, Asia’s largest private real estate developer, has been making progress not only within the country but the efforts are also being realised globally. International ...

  • KARACHI - National Investment Trust (NIT) is coming up as pioneer of yet another value-added innovative facility of NIT/Summit Bank Co-Branded ATM card for its unit holders with collaboration of ...

  • KARCHI – UBL in alliance with IBA held a ground-breaking ceremony for the ‘UBL Students Sports Arena – IBA’ at the IBA university, says a press release. This event was a ...

  • LAHORE – New Lahore City participation in Family Health Festival, a week-long health-focused event held at Metro Thokar Niaz Baig, Hyper Star and The Mall of Lahore, says a press release.The ...

  • KARACHI – “There should be no room for hopelessness; life is full of opportunities and we should maximise them,” exclaimed Areeba, a student from the SOS Village School and a ...

  • QUETTA - Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) launched a programme for legal empowerment of informal micro businesses here on Thursday.Funded by the United Nations Development ...

  • KARACHI – National Bank of Pakistan has rehabilitated 10 flood-damaged public sector schools and provided furniture, equipment and installed tube-wells for drinking water in the schools in ...

  • KARACHI - Pakistan International Airlines has closed a $100m Sharia-compliant financing facility, says a press release.The facility was arranged by Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, Al Hilal Bank, Citibank NA ...

  • LAHORE - The 18th Shariah Supervisory Board meeting of Meezan Bank Limited was held at the Darul Uloom Korangi, the meeting was chaired by Justice (Retd.) Muhammad Taqi Usmani; other members of the ...

  • ISLAMABAD - The SECP has registered 271 companies during the month of Dec 2011. A total of 3,596 companies were registered during the calendar year 2011 as compared to 3,137 during 2010, reflecting ...

  • KARACHI, - Gold moved up by Rs 171 to close at Rs 47,142 per 10 grams in the local market Thursday as its international price improved to $ 1,615 an ounce, market sources said. According to Karachi ...

  • KARACHI  - The following rates will be applicable for conversion into rupees of Foreign Currency Deposits, Dollar Bearer Certificates, Foreign Currency Bearer Certificates, Special U.S. Dollar ...

  • LAHORE - The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Agribusiness Support Fund (ASF) will jointly implement a five-year USAID’s Agribusiness Project to increase ...

  • LAHORE – Arrangements for all Punjab Chambers backed sit-in against gas closure to industry in the province scheduled for January 7 (Saturday) have been finalized.Thousands of industrialists, ...

  • KARACHI  - Pakistan’s foreign exchange reserves rose to $16.92 billion in the week ending Dec. 30, compared with $16.77 billion the previous week, the State Bank said on Thursday.Reserves ...